Kentucky's Oldest, Most Storied Orchestra Strikes Deal with Management

Apr 25, 2012

Leaders for the Louisville Orchestra Musicians Association say they've ratified an agreement for a new contract with orchestra management. The announcement is likely to end a months-long impasse. The Courier-Journal reports the deal calls for a one-year contract covering 57 musicians for 30 weeks a year with a base salary level of $925 a week, including medical and pension benefits.

Under the agreement, musicians would give up their vacation and sick days for the year. Kim Tichenor, a violinist and chair of the players' negotiating committee, says that adds up to several thousand total days.

Relations between the players and management have been fraught since the Louisville Orchestra filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2010. A judge approved the bankruptcy plan in August.